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Sporting heritage at risk – 2015 register published

November 4 2015

Once again, swimming pools dominate the sporting and recreation-related category of buildings on Historic England’s latest Heritage at Risk Register published in October. Six of the nine deemed to be at risk are Grade II*, indicating that they are particularly important buildings of more than special interest – only 5.5% of listed buildings in England are Grade II*.

However, two sports-related buildings have been removed from the Register – a former swimming pool in Brentford and a pub with a long association with Lord’s cricket ground – as they have both been restored.

Published annually, the Heritage at Risk Register lists all those Grade I and II* buildings nationally, plus Grade II buildings in London, that are deemed to be at particular risk. These include monuments, archaeological sites, landscapes, battlefields, protected wrecks, places of worship and conservation areas.

Haggerston Baths in Hackney, boarded up since 2000

Haggerston Baths in Hackney, boarded up since 2000

A third of all sites on the 2010 Register have been rescued, which means that Historic England has beaten its target of getting 25% off the Register over five years. But despite there being fewer listed buildings on the Register, it is getting more expensive to save the remaining ones as those are the hardest to repair. Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive, said “This year’s Register gives us the most complete assessment of the state of our nation’s heritage yet. It shows that we are making progress. But also that the challenge is still significant”.

Sixteen sports and recreation-related buildings appear on the 2015 Register, as follows:


Hackney: Haggerston Baths, Whiston Road E2 – Grade II

Public baths and swimming pool, dating from 1904. Vacant since closing in 2000 and in a state of disrepair. Hackney Council has sought expressions of interest for the building to bring it back into viable use. A campaign group remains active. This building is featured in both Played in London and Great Lengths.

Lewisham: Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park BR3 – Grade II*

Mansion built c1773, situated within former park land, now a public golf course. Some emergency repairs were carried out in 2012 and a Heritage Lottery Fund bid is being prepared by Lewisham Council for repairs and a strategy for its future use. The building is featured in Played in London.

Lewisham: Old Swimming Baths, Ladywell Road SE13 – Grade II

Public baths designed by Wilson & Son and Thomas Aldwinkle, built in 1884. The building is currently unused, however urgent works to the roof and dry rot are now complete and have stabilised the building. Lewisham Council is investigating funding options for the full repair of the building and options for its long term use. A Ladywell Tower Development Trust has been formed. This building is featured in both Played in London and Great Lengths.

Lewisham: Rileys (former Temperance Building Hall), Lewisham High Street SE13 – Grade II

A temperance billiard hall built in 1909-10, part of a once extensive chain covering London and the Greater Manchester area, originally incorporating a café, lounge and shops facing Lewisham High Street. Listed as a well-surviving example of an uncommon building type. The building has been empty for the past two years. It has been gutted internally and is showing signs of neglect. Planning permission was granted in 2012 for the change of use to a place of worship. Planning and Listed Building Consent applications for associated changes and extensions have been submitted. This building is featured in Played in London.

Newham: Spotted Dog, Upton Lane E17 – Grade II

Weatherboarded C16 timber-framed public house. The property has remained vacant for some years and whilst repairs have been carried out following enforcement action, maintenance is again needed as the condition of the building is described as ‘very bad’. Discussions regarding its future use are ongoing. The Spotted Dog is associated with the adjoining sports ground, in use for cricket since at least 1844 and since 1888 as the home of Clapton FC, as featured in Played in London.

Tower Hamlets: Poplar Baths, East India Doc Road E14 – Grade II

Former public baths, with slipper and vapour baths. Built in 1932-4 for Poplar Borough Council, the building has been granted planning permission for works associated with the re-use of the building as a leisure centre and swimming pool, scheduled for completion in 2016. This building is featured in both Played in London and Great Lengths.

North West

Ashton under Lyne: Hugh Mason House (former Municipal Baths), Henry Square OL6 – Grade II*

Former municipal swimming baths, built in 1870-71. Funding has been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development fund to transform the building into a business hub. This building is featured in both Played in Manchester and Great Lengths.

Manchester: Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Longsight M13 – Grade II*

Public baths complex dating from 1906. A major programme of repair works continues, led by the Victoria Baths Preservation Trust with repairs to the front block and the Male First Class Pool Hall now completed. Historic England is working with the Trust and Manchester City Council to complete the restoration project, which is designed to bring the baths back into operation. This building is featured in both Played in Manchester and Great Lengths.

Salford: former Collier Street public baths, Greengate M3 – Grade II*

Former baths built in 1855 and later used as a warehouse. Repairs undertaken several years ago but the condition of the building is deteriorating. It has recently been taken on by a private developer and discussions are under way with Historic England to carry out emergency works and holding repairs. This building is featured in both Played in Manchester and Great Lengths.

South East

Berkshire: Noahs Boathouse, Stonehouse Lane, Cookham – Grade II*

Built in 1930 in reinforced concrete with a flat roof as an early and pioneering example of Modern Movement architecture by Colin Lucas, one of the major figures in the movement. The building floods regularly and is derelict. More information about this building can be found on the BBC website.

Surrey: The Railway Straight, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Byfleet – Grade II

The designated section of the Railway Straight comprising c700 metres of the 1907 circuit, from the eastern boundary of the Mercedes-Benz History and Technology Centre to the modern break in the circuit north of Avro Way is in need of repair. Brooklands Museum was awarded £4.6 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund earlier this year, some of which is to be spent on repairing the track. Read more on this story here.

Sussex: Saltdean Lido, Marine Drive, Saltdean – Grade II*

Classic lido of 1938, designed by RWH Jones in Moderne style, currently in a poor state of repair. Planning consent has been granted for the repair and restoration of the pool and outdoor area, with funding towards the cost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Coastal Communities Fund and Social Investment in Business Fund. This building is featured in Liquid Assets.

South West

Bath: Cleveland Baths, Hampton Row – Grade II*

Dating from 1815, the baths are believed to be the oldest public outdoor swimming pools in England. The Cleveland Pools Bath Trust was awarded Heritage Lottery funding in 2014 and is undertaking Stage 1 works with a view to restoring the main pool for swimming using naturally treated and heated water. This building is featured in Liquid Assets.

Dorset: Wolfeton Riding House, Wolfeton House, Charminster – Grade II*

One of the oldest surviving riding schools in England, dating from the late C16. Used as an agricultural barn for a long period and now in trust ownership. Two phases of major repairs are now complete and uses for the building are being explored. More information on this building.

West Midlands

Birmingham: Moseley Road Public Baths, Moseley B13 – Grade II*

Substantial municipal baths complex with lavish terracotta decoration and complete interiors. The baths were opened in 1907 as an addition to the Free Library (1895) forming an impressive group of public buildings. A masterplan for future use of the building has been prepared by the City Council but plans to bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant have been abandoned. Discussion is now focused on urgent interim works to keep the building watertight pending a resurrection of the Heritage Lottery Fund bid. The Friends of Moseley Road Baths continues to lobby on its behalf. This building is featured in both Played in Birmingham and Great Lengths.


Richmond: Old Grandstand – Grade II*

A rare example of an C18 racecourse grandstand. The racecourse was closed in the late C19, the grandstand became derelict and was partially demolished c1960. In 1995 the ruins were cleared and the stonework sorted. A conservation plan has been completed and the racecourse is a conservation area. View a photo of the stand.

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